Respiratory Care is an allied health profession dedicated to the management and care of patients having difficulties and abnormalities associated with breathing. Respiratory Care practitioners work under the direction of physicians and strive to improve the cardiopulmonary health of infants, children and adults.

The Respiratory Care program (CoARC #200230) is a 2-year Associate degree program taught at the Brockton campus and listed clinical affiliates.  The program is accredited by the Commission of Accreditation for Respiratory Care.   The Commission of Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) is a nationally recognized accreditor of respiratory therapy educational programs.  This process of accreditation utilizes a outcomes-based process where programmatic outcomes and performance indicators reflect the extant to which educational benchmarks are achieved and maintained. Programmatic outcomes for Massasoit Community College’s Respiratory Care Program can be found on the CoARC website.  Upon graduation from the program, students are eligible to take the National Board of Respiratory Care’s credentialing examinations.

Students learn critical thinking skills and problem-solving methods for respiratory care, as well as how to communicate effectively with physicians, patients, and family members. Our faculty and staff members lead students’ professional development and growth through career-focused, hands-on training. The program also provides students with carefully selected clinical experiences in area hospitals and health agencies. Ultimately, the goal of the Respiratory Care program is to prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRTs).

Massasoit’s Respiratory Care program is a selective admissions program. Students contemplating a career in respiratory care must be aware that if they have ever been convicted by a court of law, their records will be subject to review by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Respiratory Care upon application to take the registered respiratory licensure examination. A Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check will be required for all students before clinical experience.

Respiratory Therapist is frequently named a “Best Job” by U.S. News & World Report and graduates of the program are in demand for positions at acute care hospitals, sleep disorder centers and diagnostic laboratories, rehabilitation, research, and skilled nursing facilities, medical equipment companies, educational institutions, clinics, and wellness centers.

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